|My Ethnicity Breakdown (Courtesy of Ancestry.com)|
|Women working in A cotton field in Mississippi|
As an African American with Ancestry from people who were primarily enslaved, it makes things a lot harder. In order to find a common ancestor with my “DNA Cousins,” we are often stifled by the roadblock of Slavery. Records for many of my ancestors before the Civil War only listed them by first name, or simply don’t exist. Furthermore, slave-holding families migrated. It is completely possible for my family in Mississippi to be related to another African-American family in California, with no clear path to determining our common origin.
I named my blog Afriroots for this reason. Every day, I seek to find common ancestors through DNA, and want to use that information to link us back to local plantations, and back to Africa and Europe where most of my people hail from.
1880 Census (Township 14, Range 17 Noxubee, MS)
|George Page (Courtesy of Cousin D. Dickerson)|
|George Page Death Certificate (1953); Source Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History|
|Shared 4th Cousin Match
(Note: The name of this cousin is kept anonymous, but the important details for connection are included)
After going through the matches family tree, I determined that they were the grandchild of Robert “Bobby” Isaiah Collier (1938-1999) from Starkville, Mississippi. Starkville is just north of Macon in adjacent Oktibbeha County. I found an abstract from his application for a social security card that listed his parents.
|Abstract: Bobby I Collier Social Security Application (1953)|
Bobby’s parents were Tommie Collier (1913-1976) and Rose Page (1916-2006). Finally we had found the name that we were already linked to through DNA. Further investigation showed that Rose Page was a daughter of George Page!
|1920 Census: Starkville, Oktibbeha, MS; Family of George Page with daughter Rosa (age 3 and 5 mos)|
This proved without a shadow of doubt that George Page was indeed the son of my 4th great grandmother Patsy! This matched the prediction of 4th cousin, as my mother shares with them a set of 3rd great grandparents (Joshua and Pasty Page). George was a brother to my 3rd great grandfather Lawrence!
Its amazing what you can find out with just a little bit of saliva…